HARWICH ─ The Monomoy football team has done it again.
With their resounding 28-0 shutout of Mayflower Small champion Old Colony on Nov. 3, the 2017 squad has become the winningest in Monomoy history by earning a new record of 6-3 overall, surpassing their 2016 predecessors (5-5).
“It was great to be able to bounce back and show what kind of team we really are,” said Monomoy head coach Brandon Perry, referring to last week's loss to Nantucket. “I think that showed in offense, defense, and special teams. Everybody contributed and it was a team win, again. That's how we do it.”
The night saw new faces making big plays, including sophomore Elijah Beasley who scored two touchdowns for the Sharks, while Monomoy's defense was instrumental in preventing the Cougars from ever finding the scoreboard.
The excitement began after the Sharks thwarted an opening drive by the Cougars before Monomoy quarterback Isaac Hart embarked on a 47-yard touchdown run in the opening frame that set the tone for the game's remainder.
In the second the glory belonged to Beasley who raced 25 yards into the end zone to make it 14-0 for the Sharks at the half before adding another touchdown on a 35-yard score in the third quarter. Gavin Viera then completed the victory with a 30-yard touchdown in the final frame.
“Beasley has been a full-time varsity player all year. You can just see that talent,” Perry said. “And he sits behind one of the best fullbacks in the league, Eli Nickerson, but we try to mix it up and get [the younger guys] in there and get some carries because they are so good.”
Perry said the game was an ideal time to get his younger players involved.
“Coming off that tough Nantucket game we had a few injuries, so we were mixing up our lineup a little bit and getting some of our younger guys in,” he said. “They're always pretty much borderline varsity players because we're such a small program, but you got to see some of that talent that's still going to be here in the future.”
That said, a number of the team's seniors had strong games, with Jake Wisniewski adding three sacks to his stats, while Zach Souza had a key interception for the Sharks.
“Jake was an animal there at defensive line, especially on that last defensive series,” Perry said. “The offensive line played great, Isaac played great, and I would say the whole starting defense. To get a shutout against such a great team – they're the MAC champions – I think that's really one of the highlights.”
Monomoy next travels to Fall River to face Diman Voke tomorrow night (Nov. 10) with a 7 p.m. start. Perry said that between that game and the team's Thanksgiving Day match at Sacred Heart, he's looking for two more victories for the Sharks to close out the season.
“We're looking to stack another two wins here, going 8-3,” he said, “and solidifying ourselves in school history.”